The Bethune Middle School Braves opened the 2020 football season last Wednesday when they hosted Camden Middle School at Champ Bailey Field. The Braves had a late lead slip away at the end and fell by a 24-20 score.
Elyiss Williams got the Braves off to a good start when he returned the opening kickoff back about 80 yards for a touchdown. Williams caught the two point conversion pass from Ayden Crews to give Bethune an early 8-0 lead.
Late in the first quarter the Cougars would score on a short run, but the PAT kick failed and the Braves lead was cut to 8-6. The score stayed that way as the teams went into the locker rooms at the half.
Camden added two scores in the third quarter to take an 18-8 advantage and things weren't looking good for the Braves. But early in the fourth quarter David Walters hauled in a 49 yard touchdown pass from Jarvis Wright to cut the deficit to 18-14.
The Braves continued to battle and with 3:15 remaining in the game Williams scored his second touchdown on a 49 yard catch from Wright to put Bethune up 20-18.
Down to their last possession the Cougars were backed up in a third and long situation when the Camden runner broke loose for an 85 yard touchdown run with 1:15 left in the game to go ahead 24-20.
With little time remaining the Braves weren't able to mount a rally and dropped the season opener 24-20. The Braves were in Waycross on Tuesday to face Waycross Middle School. They will return home on September 9 to face Berrien Middle School.